Developing Early Reading Skills – Batty Phonics

Throughout Reception and Years 1 and 2, children participate in daily Batty Phonic sessions. Batty Phonics teaches children the 26 letter sounds through stories, actions and dance. This is then extended to introduce the remaining letter sounds, including vowel digraphs (‘ai’, ‘ee’, etc), consonant digraphs (‘th’, ‘st’, etc) and split digraphs (‘o-e’ as in bone).  It helps children to hear the sound, recognise the letter and write the letter correctly, as well as write and read words/sentences.

Here is a complete set of all the stories we use in lessons:

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At the end of Year 1, children have to complete a Phonic Screener Test along with every Year 1 child in the whole country.  For the past few years children have had to read 32 words out of 40, in order to pass.  If a child does not pass then they have to re-sit the screener in Year 2.  Below are slides from a presentation given to Year 1 parents about the screener.

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Batty Basics

Reading Presentation to Parents

Please find below a copy of the presentation delivered to EYFS parents in October 2017:

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Useful Phonics Websites for Parents

lots of information and guidance for parents/carers

a selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

a great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

printable resources for each of the Letters and Sounds phonic phases, also links to games aligned with each phase.


Activities for all phases


Phonic game with choice of difficulty (some HFWs, some vowel blends, very varied)


Make any words with this useful game.

Useful page which demonstrates pronunciation of all sounds

worksheets for-

– consonant and vowel recognition,

– initial consonant sounds,

– beginning and end blends,

– consonant diagraphs,

– silent letters,

– long vowel sounds,

– Phase 3 and 5 sounds.

a good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games. Covers-

– Phase 3 and 5 sounds

– Phase 6 work such as prefixes and suffixes, plurals and tense worksheets.

– extensive list of long vowel worksheets and games such as hangman.

Has and Letters and Sounds section that covers all the phonic phases and the tricky words, 100/200 common words.

Lots of letter fans, mats, display ideas and games that follow ideas in  Letters and Sounds phases.

Under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets and powerpoints. Covers-

– Early phonics and alphabet work.

– Phase 6 work (plurals, tenses, prefixes/suffixes etc)

– some phase 3/4/5 sounds.

interactive games for a range of sounds.